The Bucket List
Two old pros do their best with meager material in The Bucket List, a film that feels a little like a rejected script for some hospital TV show like Grey’s Anatomy or ER. Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman elevate this movie to near-miss status, almost making it worthwhile. It’s a goofy, mushy, implausible, almost fun movie that strains with the sentiment. Director Rob Reiner, who hasn’t made a decent movie in a good long while, comes close this time, but only because the talent he’s cast has the ability to work the material. Nicholson and Freeman play two cancer patients sharing the same room. Freeman’s character has made a list of things he’d like to do before dying, and Nicholson’s character, a rich man, decides to take him on one last crazy jaunt. They jump from planes, they eat crazy foods, they woo women, etc. It’s all just a little bit stupid. But, if you’re a big Nicholson or Freeman fan, you could do a lot worse.